News from around the World - EME News (Nov 14, 2017)
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News from around the World - EME News (Nov 14, 2017)

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EME NEWS (NOV 14, 2017)
IAAF Council Meeting
MONACO (MON): The 212th IAAF Council Meeting next week will focus on the day-to-day business of IAAF HQ with updates from IAAF departments, IAAF commissions, working groups and taskforces. These will include the latest report from the IAAF Taskforce concerning Russia. There will be progress reports from the local organising committees of various 2018 IAAF World Athletics Series (WAS) events. Council will also decide the hosts for 2020 events, World Indoor Championships (Nanjing, Belgrade, Torun), World Half Marathon Championships (Gdynia), World Race Walking Team Championships (Minsk). The World U20 Championships in 2020 only one candidate is Canadian city of Edmonton, here the decision will be made at the IAAF Council Meeting in March 2018.
Semenya to double in Gold Coast
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is targeting another 800/1500m double at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs Reuters. "I will again be going for the double but I need to improve on my tactics (for the 1500m). "The 1500m is a race that excites me. I look forward to racing it,” she said. Her coach Jean Verster also believes the world record of 1:53.28 might be within her grasp next year as well. "I believe a time of 1:52 is possible. It is just a matter of getting in the right race with the right pacemaker," he said.
Manyonga thinks Birmingham
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): After being named Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in Johannesburg, Luvo Manyonga has confirmed his first major event of the season will be the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, informs the Times Live. “For next year I have so many major competitions and I just want to take one at a time,” he said.
Van Niekerk home and heading to Doha
BLOEMFONTEIN (RSA): World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk is back from Vail (USA) after surgery. His next trip will be to Qatar for rehabilitation at the Aspetar Clinic in Doha until Christmas. He will be there treated by Dr. Louis Holtzhausen who is his former doctor from Bloemfontein, currently in Doha. His agent Peet Van Zyl said the progress in past two weeks since the surgery is very good.
Sir Mo
LONDON (GBR): Mo Farah hasn’t ruled out contesting the marathon at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, informs AFP. "If I'm capable of getting a medal or close to a medal (in Tokyo), you will see me,” he said. Farah received his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.
Global takes Hengelo
HENGELO (NED): With effect from the 2018 edition the FBK Games in Hengelo (IAAF World Challenge) will have a new owner. The sports management agency Global Sports Communication headed by Jos Hermens is taking over the event from events organiser Golazo Athletics. The FBK Games are the Netherlands’ only top-level international athletics event. Jos Hermens said: “Dutch athletics has a special place in my heart. That’s why, when the opportunity to take over this wonderful event was offered to me by Golazo Athletics, I seized it with both hands. Global Sports Communication operates worldwide and we see interesting innovations in our sport all around the globe that we are keen to bring to the FBK Games. Golazo Athletics has done some excellent work over the past few years and I’m delighted to be able to pick up the baton. I’m looking forward to putting our own stamp on this fantastic event.” Hans Kloosterman and Ellen van Langen will be joint meeting directors and will take the lead in the organization of the event. The 2018 edition is planned for June 3.
OSLO (NOR): After winning back-to-back bronze medals at the European Cross Country Championships, Karoline Grovdal is looking to go at least one better in Samorin on 10 December, informs European Athletics. “After taking the bronze medal two years in a row, I really want to improve on that. But every race is different and all I can do is be as prepared as possible for any kind of race. That being said, I am ready to be even more aggressive in Samorin than in previous years since I now feel like I have nothing to lose,” she said. Grovdal also confirmed she will focus on the 3000m steeplechase in 2018 although she is also still planning to race on the flat.
STOCKHOLM (SWE): Nine athletes have been named on the preliminary Swedish team for the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, informs Svensk Friidrott. The leading name on the team is former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta, who won an individual bronze medal in this event in 2014. Recently crowned Nordic cross country champions Sara Christiansson and Napoleon Solomon have also been pre-selected.
SAMORIN (SVK): Preliminary entries for European CC Championships on December 10 in Samorin are showing record figures. Some 26 days before the event at a press conference on site of the event in the list some 610 names from 40 countries (including one neutral athlete). Last entered country was Romania. Impressive so far also nearly 500 entries for the open race which will be held after the championships competition on the same day. National record holder and Olympic finalist at 1500 m Lucia Hrivnak Klocova was presented as the third ambassador of the event after celebratio radio presenter "Sajfa" and triathlon Olympian (11th in Rio) Richard Varga. Mascot of the championships will be a Lynx, an animal living in Slovakia, the name will be announced later. This Sunday on the race course Slovak Championships will be held.
LISBON (POR): Ines Henriques will compete in the 35km race walk at the Portuguese Championships on 7 January as part of her preparations to improve her world record in the 50km race walk, informs the Record. "Above all, both I and my coach Jorge Miguel want to see how the body reacts to a faster tempo in a shorter distance," she said. Henriques is targeting the 50km race walk at the World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China in May where she is aiming to improve her record down to 4:04.
BUDAPEST (HUN): Hungarian women shot put Olympic and World medalist Anita Márton is already in preparation for the the next season. Informs She has two main goals for next year. World Indoors in Birmingham and outdoor European Championships in Berlin. The 28 years old national record holder will defend a silver from Portland 2016, her best position at European Championships was so far silver in Amsterdam 2016 and bronze in Zurich 2014.
LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): The first ever European Throws Conference took place at British Athletics’ National Performance Institute in Loughborough this weekend with the biggest names in the sport sharing their unique insight, knowledge and experience to a global audience. Consultant hammer coach for British Athletics, Tore Gustafsson, kicked off the speeches with insight into how to take an athlete from good to great before the ‘Father of Functional Sports Training’ Vern Gambetta spoke on developing the complete throwing athlete. Rene Sack then discussed whether there is a German way to long-term throwing development and success courtesy of his role as the head of women’s discus in Germany and Alex Wolf, Head of Learning at the English Institute of Sport, spoke on coaching and learning. Dale Stevenson, who guided New Zealand’s Tom Walsh to world shot put gold this year, gave an insight into a global campaign and China’s national javelin coach Garry Calvert concluded the keynote speeches with a talk on the development of young javelin throwers to become champions. Informs European Athletics.
FALUN (SWE): No less than 125 participants from 18 countries travelled to Falun, Sweden, for the European Horizontal Jumps and Hurdles Symposium last weekend. The three-day event, part of the European Athletics 2017 Coaching Summit Series, started with a keynote speech from Dr. Wolfgang Ritzdorf whose topic was: "From talent to elite athlete". Andrea Hjelmåker from the Swedish Sports Confederation then gave a highly-regarded lecture on how the Bosöns Folk School has a one-year education programme designed for recently retired elite-level athletes. One of the highlights of the Saturday was a theoretical and practical presentation led by renowned American coach Loren Seagrave before Rüdiger Harksen from Germany gave a theoretical presentation, focusing specifically on the sprint hurdles. For the horizontal jumps, Jeremy Fisher from the USA delivered two theoretical presentations and one workout.
SOFIA (BUL): Sofia´s Indoor Hall Festivalna was re-opened after modernisation and reconstruction under the new name Asics Arena.
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